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Laurie Yarbrough obituary

Published on November 24, 2017 9:09AM

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Laurie Yarbrough

Laurie Yarbrough


Feb. 21, 1964 — Nov. 10, 2017

Laurie Yarbrough, 53, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Nov. 10, 2017 at her home in Seaside, Oregon.

Laurie was born on Feb. 21, 1964, to the late Larry and Jeanette Yarbrough in Eugene, Oregon. She spent most of her life in the Seattle area, where she graduated from Kentridge High School. A born sports enthusiast, Laurie spent her young adult years playing and umpiring women’s softball. Her love of baseball led to her role as chief financial officer of the Tacoma Rainiers baseball team.

Laurie shared her enthusiasm of the game with her daughter, nieces, nephews, and friends with outings to the baseball diamond, where she never missed an opportunity to spoil them with treats and photos with Rhubarb the Reindeer, the team mascot. Laurie was also fiercely loyal to the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks, recruiting all her friends, who grew to love the team almost as much as she did.

In addition to sports, Laurie loved any outdoor activity, including skydiving, kayaking, hiking, scuba diving, and rock climbing. She was an avid photographer who chronicled her adventures with families and friends. She spent later years combing the coast for agates and shells.

Laurie was perhaps best known for her love of animals. Over the years she adopted and rehabilitated many beloved pets. It was often said that any animal she took home had hit the jackpot.

Her happiest and final years were when she moved to Seaside, Oregon, to join her sisters in 2012. From the day she arrived, Laurie engaged with every person she met. Finding peace in Seaside, she graced all with her wit, charm, compassion, laughter, and love of life.

Her aim each day was to be patient, kind, loving and tolerant, and be of service to others. She was a loyal sister, friend, and mentor, and a devoted member of Alcoholics Anonymous. She was a loving spark in this community, and her love was returned ten-fold by everyone she touched. Her joy was infectious, and she will be sorely missed.

Laurie is survived by her daughter, Kerensa Irvin; her sisters, Becky Bresland and Kathy Borao; her brother, Michael; and her nieces, Bri Hamilton, Taylor Tarlton, Jessica Sullivan, Niccole Sullivan, Stephanie Lee and Jillian Cooper; a nephew, Anthony Roybal; great-nieces and great-nephews; and many extended family and beloved friends.

A celebration of life for Laurie will be held on Dec. 3, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A in Seaside, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local animal shelter.


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